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2021 Spring Newsletter
  • Mulch: How Does It Benefit Your Trees & Landscape?
  • What Is Deadwood Pruning?
  • Message From Our Board Certified Master Arborist.

Mulch: How Does It Benefit Your Trees & Landscape?

Adding wood or leaf mulch will provide a multitude of benefits to your trees and landscape beds. These benefits include soil temperature management, nutrients through decomposition, water retention, landscape aesthetics, physical protection from foot traffic or lawn mowing equipment and much more.

As you walk through the woods, the ground feels a bit spongy and soft, that is called the duff layer.

In our urban environments, we often lack a duff layer because we plant trees in mowed lawns or areas that are continually manicured and cleared of vegetative material. Applying mulch around our trees helps to replace this lack of a duff layer; it breaks down, much like the material in a natural setting, which helps to improve the organic content of the soil. This improves the structure and nutrient availability in the soil for our urban trees.

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2020 Spring Newsletter
  • Growing the Tree Care Work Force
  • Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker
  • Go Paperless

Growing the Tree Care Work Force

Those that have been involved in the tree care industry for several years may have asked themselves at one point or another, “What will the tree care industry look like in 10 or 20 years?” and “Who will take my place when I retire?”
KTS Director of Operations, Paul Filary, along with other members of the Illinois Arborist Association (IAA), created a task force focusing on building the industry’s workforce. The goal for 2020 was to increase awareness of our industry by representing careers in arboriculture through IAA at several career exploration events for high school and college-age students.
Events in which IAA and professional tree care were represented was at the D211 Career Expo in Palatine, as well as in Fox Lake at Grant Community High School “Spring Into Careers” Career Fair. Over 100 professions were represented at each event. This gave students the opportunity to see the diversity of career paths, find a part-time or full-time job, sign-up for an internship, or simply ask questions to learn more about careers in relation to their personal interests.

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2019 Fall Newsletter
  • Happy OAKtober!
  • PHC Corner: Root Collar Excavation
  • Tree of the Month – Eucaluptus
2019 Spring Newsletter
  • Wide World of Arboriculture
  • Spurce Tree Not Looking Too Sprucy?
  • Tree of the Month – Gymnocladus Dioicus
2018 Fall Newsletter
  • Winter Discount
  • In Memoriam…
  • Tree of the Month – Cercidiphyllum Japonicum KATSURA
2018 Spring Newsletter
  • Urban Wood Utilization
  • The Right Tree, The Right Place
  • Tree of the Month – Corylus Americana
2017 Fall Newsletter
  • Winter Work
  • Do What Matters Now
  • Late Season Watering
2017 Spring Newsletter
  • Water is the Key to Life
  • Boxwood Blight
  • Tree of the Month – Diospyros Virginiana
2016 Fall Newsletter
  • What Does a TCIA Accredited Mean
  • Getting to the Root of the Problem
  • Preventing Spring Pests with Fall Treatments
2016 Spring Newsletter
  • Choose Wisely
  • How We Determine the Best Treatments for your Trees
  • Featured Tree of the Season
2015 Spring Newsletter
  • Cost of Not Spending
  • Girdling Root System
  • E-Corner
2014 Fall Newsletter
  • Are Evergreens Forever Green
  • How Did Your Birch & Oak Trees Look This Year
  • Featured Tree of the Season
2014 Spring Newsletter
  • 40th Anniversary
  • New Addition to Our Fleet
  • Jump Start Spring
  • Turning Over a New Leaf
2013 Fall Newsletter
  • Decline of the Infected Ash Tree
  • One Last Climb
  • Miyabe Maple (Feature Tree)
2013 Spring Newsletter
  • Drought Stress
  • 2013 Tree Climbing
  • The First Sign of Spring
2012 Fall Newsletter
  • Cool Wather
  • Change
  • Harvest Time
2012 Spring Newsletter
  • Renewal
  • Rebirth
  • Regrowth
2011 Fall Newsletter
  • Chilly Weather
  • Falling Leaves
  • Dormant Trees
2011 Spring Newsletter
  • Springs Brings Growth to KTS
  • The Quest to Sydney
  • Arbor Day and the Benefit of Trees
2010 Spring Newsletter
  • Autumn Essentials
  • 2009 Plant Health Care Year in Review
  • Sassafras – The Root Beer Tree
2009 Spring Newsletter
  • Celebrate Arbor Day, Plant It Forward!
  • Mulch a Tree’s Best Friend
  • What Does “Certificate of Insurance” Mean to Me?
2009 Fall Newsletter
  • Celebrate Arbor Day, Plant It Forward!
  • Mulch a Tree’s Best Friend
  • What Does “Certificate of Insurance” Mean to Me?